DVD Copied by The Department of Energy, in cooperation with the Department of Defense, declassified a series of historical films on the nuclear weapons program. They were converted to videotape format to help preserve the films and to facilitate the declassification and release process. These films document the history of the development of nuclear weapons, starting with the first bomb tested at Trinity Site in southeastern New Mexico in July 1945..
May 21, 2015 Subject:
In the A bomb test of 1951, I was a B-17 safety pilot. In reviewing your movie,I find frequent references that the drones were unmanned for this test. I can assure you that two B-17 drones flew over the device on test George. Each drone was manned by two aircraft commanders and one flight engineer. Both were controlled by a MSQ-1 Radar from the ground and at 20,000 and 23,000 feet the drones were over the device 20 and 23 seconds before it was detonated. The aircraft could have recorded any information they collected without any person on board. We were all volunteers for this mission but we were never told that the device had been altered and that no one knew for sure what the results would be. I have written about this in my book and I would like to know who I can contact to correct this misinformation for the records. Can you advise me who to contact. Secondly, I have longed believe that the personal who manned these flights deserve some recognition. When we returned from the flight, doctors with slide rules asked us 3 questions, How the flight went, would we do it again, and would we do it again if altitude, speed, or time would changed. When we returned to the states our troops were disbanded and I never spoke to anyone else about this flight. Thank you.